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who does not love cupcakes?
its an individually wrapped cake of awesomeness just for you!
no sharing required!

however even though your regular white/yellow, chocolate, and devils food cakes are super tasty they can become dull and boring after a while.

lucky for you! i have created these cupcakes just in time!

lemon flavored rainbow cupcakes with lemon flavored cream cheese frosting!
your taste buds and inner child will thank me....

Step 1: Ingredients!

you will need

cake!
     * 2 boxes of your favorite WHITE cake mix ( must be white for colors to look super bright)
          * the other ingredients needed to make your cake mix as stated on the box
               * (mine called for 2 eggs and 1 1/3 cup water for each box)
     * 1 lemon 
     * food coloring  (the gel kind works best) 

frosting!
     * two 8oz bricks of cream cheese of your choice
     * one 2lb bag of powered sugar
     * 1 lemon

frosting bag!
     * qt size ziplock bag
     * sissors
     * cake decorating tips (if you dont have them its fine. just makes the frosting look all fancy like)

other stuff! (not pictured)
     * 2 large bowls for mixing cake and frosting
     * 6 smaller bowls and 6 spoons for mixing colors
     * hand mixer or stand mixer
     * large spoon (for dividing cake mix)
     * cupcake liners
     * muffin pan
     *toothpicks
     *oven
     * a good chunk of time set aside to make these cupcakes and loads of patience  (though it is SO worth it in the end)


 

Step 2: CAKE MIXING TIME!

1)  mix the cake according to the directions on the packaging 
you can use a from scratch cake recipe if you wish. i however was not that ambitious.
 
IMPORTANT!!!
     remember we are making a white cake here so the food coloring will take better, be brighter, and not be off when baked!
      in order to do so we have to separate the egg yokes and the egg whites. 
      only the egg whites will be used in the cake

2) zest and juice ONE lemon and add to the batter and mix
     * make sure no seeds git in the batter!

3) separate the batter evenly (or as evenly as possible) between the 6 small bowls

Step 3: LAYERS!

with the spoon you mixed each color lightly layer about 1.5 teaspoons one by one into each cupcake liner.
making sure to keep as close to the edge of the liner as possible 
in order to get the rainbow layer on the outside.
if the batter is to thin the cakes in the middle will take on a more tye dye look instead of the desired  rainbow effect.

repeat untill all of the batter is gone. 

*remember to preheat oven to temperature as stated on box or in recipe 

Step 4: BAKING!

once all the cupcake liners are filled place in oven and bake 
to check if they are done poke a cupcake in the middle of the pan in the center with a toothpick
if the toothpick comes out clean (no batter goo stuck to it) they are done!

take out of oven and let cool.

while they are baking and cooling you can get ready for FROSTING!

Step 5: Making the Frosting!

1) blend cream cheese till it is smooth

2) zest and juice second lemon (add it to the cream cheese)

3) add powdered sugar to taste. (the more sugar the firmer the frosting will set)
      (stir the sugar in before turning on the mixer or you will have a cloud of powered sugar attack you)

4) place in the refrigerator to chill. it makes frosting the cupcakes a billion time easier

Step 6: Frosting Part Two!

get your frosting,
the spatula
the ziplock bag
the frosting tips
and the scissors

1) take the zip lock bag and cut a small section of ONE corner off. remember you can always make it bigger if need be.
*at this time if you do not have frosting tips you can use the plastic bag as is for pipping the frosting so skip to #3

2) attach the frosting tip to the bag

3) fill bag with frosting!
*if you sorta fold the bag over your hand like you were rolling up your pant leg it makes this step a lot easier  

Step 7: FROST THE CUPCAKES!

starting at the outside create a sprial going towards the middle. 
makes them look all fancy like!

Step 8: EAT!!!! NOM NOM NOM

OM NOM NOM NOM NOM!!!!
These rock! I love how bright and cheery they are and they sound delicous!
This is an adorable idea! I'm going to try it this weekend....using just red, white, and blue colors for the 4th of July! It would also be great to make with the colors of a favorite sports team. SO fun! <br><br>I also have to applaud you on your Ible... it's VERY well written and documented!
thank you very much!!!!<br>and that does sound awesome.<br>i am actually in the middle of planing a babyshower for my little sister and was thinking about making the cake the colors she wants for the kid...<br><br>ps. im glad that you decided to stay despite all the cupcake drama.
will the rainbow effect work with full sized cakes? i want to make this for my cousins' birthday.
im not sure. that was going to be my next little project. it might work or you might just end up with a rainbow striped cake........lets find out!
ill let you figure that one out. im going to use your recipe to make rainbow cupcakes, and just make a plain (but beautifully decorated) chocolate cake.
i actually figured it out!<br><br>https://www.instructables.com/id/LEMON-RAINBOW-CAKE/<br><br>the only thing that is different is that you have to spread out the batter with a spoon or a spatula!<br><br>and i was super excited when i cut into it!
Wow, I have a kid who would like to be adopted by you, I'd better start working on these cupcakes this weekend :-)
OMG me love cupcakes and rainbows and together even better x

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